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New film celebrates the upcoming 80th anniversary of the establishment of the Federal Art Project...the story about how artists, actors, and writers helped lift us out of the Great Depression
ASHFORD, CONNECTICUT (January 22, 2014) – Connecticut-based independent film makers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films announce their new film project celebrating the 80th anniversary of “Federal Project Number One” – the initiative that launched the Federal Art Project in 1935 and put thousands of creative people to work across America.
The film is titled “Enough to Live On: The Art of the WPA” and is scheduled for release in February 2015. As the effects of the Great Depression swept the American nation, with millions out of work and a national sense of despair, the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt adopted a novel idea: to put painters, sculptors, photographers, and writers, as well as actors and dancers, to work, and to place them on the government payroll.
On May 6, 1935, FDR signed Executive Order 7034, creating the Works Progress Administration...and on August 2, 1935, “Federal Project Number One” was created. As some Americans went back to work under the WPA, among those workers included painters as diverse as Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Marsden Hartley; photographers such as Berenice Abbott; actors such as Orson Welles; and writers such as Saul Bellow and Zora Neale Hurston. The result of paying creative Americans to work at what they did best resulted in an explosion of new art throughout the country and has had a lasting influence, 80 years later, on the way Americans view themselves and view the role of government in the support of the arts and in the furtherance of a civil society.
|Federal Theater Project poster by Anthony Velonis|